By Amir Mir

Alan McInally has slammed the previous regime at Aston Villa for leaving “completely unscathed” for their “mismanagement” of the club.

Fan favourite McInally also backed manager Steve Bruce and believes Villa are currently going through a “massive change”.

The Midlands club are struggling in the bottom half of the Championship table following relegation from the Premier League last season.

It was the first time in nearly three decades that Villa had fallen to the second division, despite the regime under owner Randy Lerner, chief executive Tom Fox and Head of Recruitment Paddy Riley spending over £50million during that summer.

Since then Lerner has sold the club to Chinese businessman Tony Xia, while the latter two have left the club.

Former Villa striker delivered a no-holds-barred verdict on the current on-goings at the club.

“I still think Steve Bruce is a genuinely good appointment,” McInally told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “Steve has come in and re-arranged the whole thing.

“I feel sorry for him because as soon as someone like Steve takes a job, you expect an immediate change, much like Sam Allardyce.

“But it’s a big job is Aston Villa. It’s not going to be overnight. Villa fans will not be happy because the club is going through a massive change at the moment

“The mismanagement in terms of the money that has been spent on some of the players has not been good enough, end of.

“There’s a couple of people who worked at Villa before, who have managed to get out of the club completely unscathed.

“What they done at the football club, I’m led to believe, is mismanagement at the top level.”

Villa were beaten 3-1 at home to Barnsley on Tuesday night, which was their fourth defeat in a row and their seventh loss in 2017.

At the start of the campaign, they had ambitions of earning instant promotion back to the top tier, but those dreams have now been squashed.

Instead, Bruce’s will be hoping they don’t get dragged into the relegation battle as they are currently seven points away from the bottom three.

They take on Championship leaders Newcastle in their next fixture, which will take place at St James’ Park on Monday night.

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